Raise the damn ticket prices!!

Discussion in 'The Tiger's Den' started by Meathead, Apr 15, 2003.

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What should LSU do to collect more money now?

  1. Raise the ticket face value to $50 or higher

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    38.9%
  2. Ticket office can put a "surcharge" of $250 on all season ticket orders

    5 vote(s)
    27.8%
  3. Nothing! The PMAC is fine & we don't need new facilities to compete!

    6 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. Meathead

    Meathead Founding Member

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    LSU took it in the ass from the legislature this year. They killed the bill to elimate the 12% that TAF could control limiting the amount of funds that LSU can raise for athletics.

    Texas A&M just raised ticket prices STORY LINK a whopping 41%!! LSU needs to take note from our hated rival to the West and do the same.

    Jack the face value of the tickets up to $50 for all tickets & $75 for all lower bowl seats between the 30s. Hell, jack it up to $75 & $100 respectively! Get the money where you can get it & get it now. Quit screwing around.

    Now, this will obviously raise a furor. This is why we need to employ a better PR director than we have toi make sure LSU properly pitches this to the fans. Explain that the funds are essential to the future of LSU athletics. Explain that NONE of it is tax deductible because the legislature will not allow TAF to collect those additional funds.

    Hopefully this will get enough fans to realize that they will have to pay one way or another. They will then realize that tax deductions & priority points make a lot more sense than paying all that cash direct to the ticket office where the funds will be sitting idle & lathargic with benefits not coming to fruition for years.

    Many will cry & many will even cancel their tickets. Well, I will be right there to scoop up those seats because I am willing to pay! I will be accompanied by many like me. Death Valley will still sell out. And LSU facilities will at least be on the road to improvement.
     
  2. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

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    How about selling corporate sponsorships by the player? The uniforms would have as many patches on them as a Nascar drivers. Can you see the postgame interview with Saban "We were doing great until the #8 Budweiser quarterback lost his wheels in the 3rd quarter but I was really pleased by the way our #6 Viagra QB made the offense stand up in the 4th quarter. The big key to our win today was the way our #55 Home Depot linebacker slammed Auburn's #24 Dupont tailback into the wall on 4th and goal."
     
  3. BayouBengal

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    I would support a graduated ticket scale based on location of the ticket. The guy sitting in East Upper top row in the corner is paying $36 face value and the guy sitting in the lower bowl is paying $36 face value too. If we price it right we can generate even more money than we pull in now. Because anyone with an elementry knowledge of economics knows the basic concept of supply and demand. Plus it would help sell out our non-marquee games and help fill the upper deck by making it cheaper to attend.
     
  4. geauxscott

    geauxscott Founding Member

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    that is HALARIOUS!!!!!!!!:D :D


    I agree with raising the ticket prices, but to that extent so quickly, i don't know about?

    maybe one day we could get to that, but for now I would suggest:

    inside the 20's: $65
    20's - goalines: $55
    endzones: $40
    lower upperdeck $45
    upper upperdeck $35

    Being in Tiger Stadium on a Saturday Night: PRICELESS!!!!!
     
  5. -T-

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    why can't pmac be renovations count towards womens basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics and the new alex box count towards men's sports? these would offset and everyone would be filled with joy.

    i'm no ncaa rules expert, but why can't a building be renovated a count towards a womens sport when they were the only ones to have a sellout?
     
  6. Ellis Hugh

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    I'd prefer a higher ticket price to a surcharge or a PSL. At least that way the true value of the ticket would be printed on the ticket.

    A surcharge punishes the season ticket holder. Why not buy single game tickets to every game to avoid it?

    Imagine your buddy can't go at the last minute and asks you to sell his ticket outside. The ticket says $36. But to try to recoup his loss he would have to explain to the buyer that in addition to the $36, you also have to divide the surcharge by the number of games. The guy on the street will just want to pay face value, and your buddy gets screwed.

    PSLs and surcharges are so muddled, it clouds the true value of the ticket. If the ENTIRE cost of the ticket were PRINTED on each ticket, it would accurately reflect the value of it, and avoid confusion.
     
  7. Meathead

    Meathead Founding Member

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    I don't see it that way. The way I see it, I am getting screwed because I don;t get to write a portion of my money off of my taxes. Under the TAF plan, I can write that massive increase off every year.

    I live in Atlanta & have season tickets. I fly in for all games (except this year I will not attend the crappy OOC games). If I ever have ot sell my tickets, I know that I would never get more than face value anyway becaus ei never sell the SEC tickets & only sell crappy OOC tickets.

    Some see it your way & want the increase on the tickets, but in the long run, it is better to have that money go to an organization that is not hand-tied by what they can do for the department as a whole.

    I say raise the ticket prices now & then lower them when TAF is allowed to take over...keeping the same prices.
     
  8. Ellis Hugh

    Ellis Hugh Space Wrangler

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    Is the tax write-off definite? If so then that changes things.

    Tangent: Ethically, SHOULD it be a write off? As a charitable contribution? Is the TAF a charity? I'm all for donating to charity. Heck, I'm all for tax write-offs. But should we consider a donation to an athletic program to be charity? Personally I don't see how stadium upgrades should be considered charity like the United Way.

    Or is it some other kind of write-off? I don't know.
     
  9. Meathead

    Meathead Founding Member

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    TAF is a non-profit organization & as such, you can write off any monies given to them that do not directly pay for services. Tickets don;t count because you pay extra for that & that amount is NOT tax-deductible. But the P&G that you get for free as a TAF member IS a benefit so they cut out about $50 or so as non-tax deductible.

    TAF is not a charity & charities are not the only organizations eligible for these write-offs. If you make a donation to the NRA, NOW, Policeman's Fund, or any other organization, you can write it off your taxes IF they are properly set up as a 503 (c) non-profit organization (which TAF is)

    All that said. Would you rather pay $1000 for 2 season tickets in the SEZ & get nothign for it but a higher face value, or would you rather pay that same $1000 & get a $500 write off on your taxes?
     
  10. Ellis Hugh

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    Well like I said, that changes things.
     

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